The hum of a main road? Not here. Just the owls hooting in the copse by night and the summer sound of the woodpigeons as you drink and dine in the courtyard.
Among eight acres, the landscaped grounds studded by herbaceous borders, mature trees and ponds offer plenty spots for a picnic. Walk the woodlands on marked trails, potter the Pinot-Noir vineyard, or get oh-so-English with a little croquet on the lawn.
The living space is a brilliant bolthole for barnstorming through books or tapping in to the wifi and disappearing beneath huge headphones and a long playlist. Despite the tech, the spirit of the Georgian age lives on here in high ceilings, wooden beams and log fireplace.
Yetson is old but there’s nothing yesteryear about the broadband speeds or the Sky Classic. Fiddle with the remote until you find a family film or footie match. Take it easy here. Yetson is happy and homely; elegant and entertaining.
There’s space for six around the main dining table, with the logs from the fire create a crackling atmosphere. But if you want extra entertainment space, there’s room for more in the farm-style kitchen. Shut the door on the dirty pots, then come back next day when the fog has cleared to load the dishwasher.
Of course, you might want to put your feet up. Talk to us about a one-off celebration or even a fully catered break. Pop out to vegan-friendly Bianca e Massimo, opened by a performing artist and a jazz musician, to Emma’s for duck and mushroom pudding, or to Pie Street for unpretentious grub and great ale.
On the ground-floor, bedroom one is a twin or zip-and-link superking, while bedrooms two, three and four are doubles. Bedroom five is upstairs, a mezzanine that sits above the lounge and dining room and offers a superking and beautiful a-frame exposed beams. Sash windows offer up rolling countryside and the quiet twitter of indigenous birds.
Staycations for kids aren’t just about keeping them entertained; they’re about making memories. That begins on the journey down to Devon, when the motorway gives way to winding, twisting B roads. Their progressive narrowing indicates that you’re in a special place and that you’re nearly there. So there’s that question answered.
Of course, when you get here, things get even more exciting. It all begins with the battle for the bedrooms: mum and dad will probably claim the superking in bedroom one, but the mezzanine could still be up for grabs.
Love adventure? How does a car-free eight acres sound? Follow the marked trails that skirt the woodland, explore the walled kitchen garden and vineyard, find the picnic-friendly pond. Play croquet or giant Jenga on the lawn, or hide-and-seek among the herbaceous borders.